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4th of July Celebration!

Posted by on Jun 17, 2020 in Uncategorized | 15 comments

Welcome to the Inking Royalty’s July Blog Hop! During this year’s blog hops, we are enjoying a year of celebrations. This month’s projects celebrate the 4th of July – the projects are inspirational, patriotic, and filled with reds, whites, and blues. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

We are all Red, White, and Blue today!  I love this summertime color combination!  Not only does it represent our beautifully diverse country it also screams summer happy fun! Pools, sun, and hot dogs!  Anyway, I decided I just had to use the Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle!  Sunflowers are one of my favorites!  They are strange, quirky flowers that just makes me happy when I see them!  They are perfect for a summer gathering!  Well, in my opinion, any gathering is better if sunflowers are involved. That being said I knew the yellow flowers would look very pretty against a blue and red background.

  I also knew that I wanted to incorporate Smoky Slate into the color combination.  Smoky Slate works so well with the yellow of the sunflowers, the red and blue background, and it is one of my favorite colors!

Ink blending is my new favorite friend in card making. I have always liked ink blending. But, recently discovered the wonders of ink blending on watercolor paper. Such a dream!!!

  • The underlying of the Sunflower and leaves are all ink blended on watercolor paper. Then spritz with water.  Let it set then blotted with a paper towel (microfiber cloth works as well)
  • The top layer of the sunflower and leaves, as well as the solid leaves, are all colored cad stock with ink blending on to add some texture and dimension
  • The background was created with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder on whisper white.  Then you guessed it, more ink blending on top.  This time in smoky slate

You could add let’s celebrate from the stamp set in the lower right corner. But honestly, I didn’t think of that until I had already added the clear drops and made the next card that uses that sentiment!  The Flowers for Every Season Gems are quickly becoming a favorite item!!

I have been exploring what in the card making world is called slimline card. These cards are 8 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches. I find this size very fun to stretch my stamps and dies!  To make a slimline card you want to cut your paper 8 1/2  by 7 inches.  Then score at 3 1/3 on the side that is cut to 7 inches.

  • So here again, watercolor paper ink blended with real red and poppy parade. Then Spritz with water and blotted up with a towel.  Finally, die-cut with the many medallions
  • The smoky slate card stock also has very splotchy ink blending on it to add some texture.
  • The Sunflowers and leaves are stamped in smoky slate.  Then die cut with the coordinating dies
  • You could color the sunflowers in. That would look very nice as well.  But, I was going for a more graphic feel.  And the gray and white definitely gives you a graphic look.  It all depends on what you are going for

Each of your comments makes me smile! Please, comment HERE.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Brian King. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  3. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  4. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  5. Joanne Brown at Stamping with JoJo
  6. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  7. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  8. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  9. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  10. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  11. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations

Go and be creative!

Jennifer

Sunshine and the Inking Royalty Blog Hop

Posted by on May 27, 2020 in Uncategorized | 11 comments

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s May Blog Hop! During this year’s blog hops, we are enjoying a year of celebrations. This month’s projects celebrate Sunshine, so prepare yourself for projects that are filled with sunny images of joy in the great outdoors. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

A few years ago I decided I wanted to work on my scene building skills in card making.  Grace’s Garden and the coordinating dies are perfect for a Summer Scene and were the perfect opportunity for me to work on my skills!

That sweet little kitty just completely draws me in!  I also love the sweetness of the flowers and he they are drawn.  The garden gate in the dies is absolutely beautiful!! The dies even come with flowers and vines to decorate the garden gate. I made three different scenes for you today!  Recently I have been using my Stampin’ Write markers. I felt like that I had been neglecting them ever since the Stampin’ Blends came out.

  • Little images like the ones in this set are perfect for coloring with the Stampin’ write markers
  • The sky and grass are Balmy Blue and Garden Green.  I accidentally used a little green in the sky.  This made the sky have a slight turquoise tent
  • The card has a Pineapple Punch layer to allude to a Sunny Summer Day.

The next card used a lot of the same elements as the above card.  Simple ink blending with a few elements put together to create the idea of a Summer Day

  • When ink blending it is important to start lightly then slowly building the color up!
  • You can see the difference between this card and the one above. This card has light very soft color.  The above card used the exact same colors but the color is built up more to add deeper color
  • You can also see the difference in Balmy Blue with a little green and without

The next card shows all the same elements but on a watercolor background with a slimline card profile

  • This card is 8 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches.  To create this size card. You want to cut at 8 1/2 on one side and at 7 inches on the other side.  Then score at 3 1/3 in the 7 inches side.
  • In creating these cards I stamped a bunch of images. Then I used my Stampin’ Write Markers to color the adorable images.  Finally die cutting them.
  • The next step was to create a few backgrounds. Was to create a few cards. I knew I wanted at least one slimline card.   So, I started thereby laying out a scene.  I loved it on the site background.  And really thought about keeping it white. But in the end, decided to Watercolor a background.
  • With the “leftovers” I created the two above cards.   After creating them I still had a few images left.

After creating the above cards I realized I had a few colored images left.  And, most importantly I had not used one of the most important elements a sun!  After all this blog hop is supposed to be all about Sunshine.  I decided to create a sunset with watercolor and use the very pretty garden gate!

I glued the card down on a Balmy Blue background. Trying to imitate a blue sky in the background behind the vibrant sunset.  I decided I really don’t like the Balmy Blue in this case.  So, I will cut the blue background off and try something else. I wanted you to see t so I could tell you how I colored the vines and garden gate.

  • First I die cut the images
  • Second,  I used Stampin’ Write Markers to color the gate and vines
  • The third step was to spritz each with water. And dab some water up with a cloth/paper towel. Let this dry
  • Then using a stamp block. I inked the block up with the same colors spritz the block with water and smushed it around on the vines.  I did not do this step on the gate.
  • I did use a paintbrush and a little water and ink to clean up a few spots on the gate

Each of your comments makes me smile! Please, comment HERE.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Brian King. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  3. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  4. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  5. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  6. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  7. Joanne Brown at Stamping with JoJo
  8. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  9. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  10. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  11. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  12. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  13. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations

Happy Creating my friends-

Jennifer